Special to the Bulletin

David R. Carroll has filed as a candidate for Brown County tax assessor-collector.

“As your tax assessor-collector, I will work diligently to make sure you receive prompt, courteous service from my office,” Carroll said. “I believe there are changes that can be made in any business to streamline service and increase productivity.”

Carroll said many changes have occurred in the office over the years. The tax assessor-collector’s office is no longer responsible for assessing property for county taxes, but it does handle thousands of dollars each day and requires a stringent accounting process.

“I was a retail business owner for over 30 years, managed employees, worked with budgets on a daily basis and will use that experience and knowledge to manage the office when elected.

“My experience as a former Brown County Commissioner gave me insight to the operation of the office and the situations that can arise if it is not properly managed,” Carroll said. “Having dedicated myself to community service most of my life, I am not ready to retire, and wish to continue to serve you as your tax assessor-collector — an office that has had an elected officer removed from office due to misappropriation of funds and a deputy appointed to fill the position. When elected, I will strive to bring and keep stability in the office.”

Carroll said his community service consists of being an active member of the Downtown Brownwood Lions Club, having served every position in the club. He has served as treasurer of the Mid-Tex Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, president of Downtown Brownwood Inc. and many other charities and organizations.

“I have always been involved in the improvement and progress of Brown County, and my commitment to you as tax assessor-collector is that I will continue that service.”

He and his wife, Brenda, have been married for 47 years. They have two sons, David Jr., a surgeon in Jackson, Miss.; and Troy, a sergeant and detective with the Brownwood Police Depart-ment.

“In the late 50s and early 60s, Hugh Allcorn, an impressive and very respected man, was serving as tax assessor-collector,” Carroll said, “and during his term of office was named the ugliest man in Brown County. I think I can bring that distinction to the office once more and continue to bring credibility to the office.

“I am seeking the office as a Republican, and will appreciate your vote in the March Republican Primary.”